CHARLESTON -- City officials are interested in exercising their authority by adopting zoning regulations regarding commercial solar energy systems.

According to city documents, council members are slated to vote on a measure during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. today on the second floor of City Hall that would allow officials to move forward with this plan.

City officials say that "regulating commercial solar energy systems promotes the public health, safety and welfare by only allowing systems to locate where they will cause the least impact."

According to the council documents, two solar businesses, Cyprus Creek Renewables and Geronimo Energy, were conferred with on this move and were in support.

Council members will also look at a measure that would grant $6,705 in tax increment financing (TIF) funding to the owners of the building at 611-613 Monroe Ave., formerly known as Fili's Station for the purpose of providing renovations to the building

Other items up for a vote include:

  • Abating the $6.14 million in taxes levied for 2017 to pay off debt for the water treatment plant.
  • Abating the $950,000 tax levied for the year 2017 to pay off debt on the Rotary Pool.


Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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